hina’s ‘big three’ State-run airlines ask Boeing for compen

Air China, the country’s leading carrier, has formally requested compensation from Boeing Co for th

e grounding of its 15 737 MAX aircraft and delayed deliveries of future planes, the company said Wednesday.

China Southern Airlines, another of China’s “big three” State-run

carriers, has also officially asked the US aircraft-maker for compensation involving its 24 gro

unded MAX aircraft and postponed deliveries of such planes, CCTV reported the same day.

Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines had already sought compensa

tion from Boeing for incurring considerable losses after the grounding of the 737 MAX aircr

aft following two major crashes, according to a previous China Daily report citing People’s Daily.

The carrier filed a claim against Boeing for the losses caused by 14 suspensions of 737 MAX ai

rcraft since March 11 and delayed delivery of the models it had booked earlier, the report said.

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it its lowest level since November. Trade talks betw

ween China and the United States recently faltered and a large amount of additional tariffs are expected to be imposed on imports from both sides.

China will take necessary measures, in response to foreign exchange market flu

ctuations, including using a strengthened risk management system, said Pan.

He also stressed that authorities would crack down on illegal activities in foreign exchange trading.

“China has sufficient policy tools,” said Pan, who is also director of th

e State Administration of Foreign Exchange, the country’s foreign exchange regulator.

The PBOC vice-governor also confirmed on Sunday that China will continually implement

opening-up policies and improve the environment for overseas investors and protect the legal rights of foreign investors.

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School students and adult visitors learn about making print

In celebration of this year’s International Museum Day, the Palace Museum in Beijing turned itself into a dynamic stage on Saturd

ay and offered a variety of activities to echo this year’s theme, “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition”.

Students and adult visitors were invited to the museum to learn about making prints and carving stamp seals and to learn about

the appreciation of and technological methods being used in the conservation of the age-old buildings at the Palace Museum.

The Chinese Musicians Association’s choir gave an outdoor performance. An exhibitio

n opened showing dozens of lithographs by artists from countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Wang Xudong, director of the Palace Museum, says it’s a duty for museums to provide a plat

form for scholars to exchange their academic findings, for artists from different cultural bac

kgrounds to show their work and boost mutual respect, and for children to pass traditions into the future.

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Food festivals offer visitors taste of Asiaonal Beijin

Various cultural activities, including art performances, parades and food festivals, are offering visitors a taste of the colorful cultures of Asian countries.

The events, part of Asian Civilization Week, are auxiliary activities of the Confere

nce on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations, which kicked off on Wednesday in Beijing.

The Asian Food Festival runs until Wednesday. It has received wide attention from the public, has its main venue b

etween Beijing National Stadium, commonly known as the Bird’s Nest, and the Beijing National Aquatics Center, or Water Cube.

Food-related activities are also being held in three other cities-Hangzh

ou, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Visitors can enjoy a pepper eating competition in Chengdu, or at

tend a food container exhibition in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, according to event organizers

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Shanghai hotels no longer provide disposables automatically

Hotels in Shanghai will no longer automatically provide disposable daily necessities such as toothbrush, comb and shaver f

rom July 1 as a regulation on household waste will come into effect in the city on the day, People’s Daily reported.

Around 4.8 billion guests booked into 440,000 hotels in China in 2017, as per data. More than 70 percent o

f soaps are thrown away after being used once, a survey shows. Calculated by weight, each hotel t

hrows away 2.5 kg disposable soaps every day and 440,000 hotels would throw away more than 400,000 tons

of soaps every year. If each ton of soaps costs 20,000 yuan, that would be 8 billion yuan worth of soap.

Apart from soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, shampoo and bath foam are often discarded

after one-time use. It’s not only a waste of money, but also a burden for environment as many articles are non-degradable.

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So far, up to 14,000 students in the district have tak

n skating and skiing lessons, said Zheng Shiyong, deputy director of Yanqing district’s education commission.

“We will continue supporting and encouraging more people to participate in winter

sports,” he said, adding that around 17,000 students will experience winter activities by the end of this year.

Some professional winter sports activities have also been designed into the distr

ict’s education plans, with more professional instruction to students, according to Zheng.

The district’s education authorities also cooperated with its sports bu

reau to make winter ice and snow sports available to all residents in the area.

“We will have 110,000 people participating in winter ice and snow acti

vities by 2022 in Yanqing,” said Ma Zhiyong, deputy director of the sports bureau.

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While it is reasonable to assume that women most concern

d with their body shape are those who might be susceptible to obesity or other risks, studies indicate the vast majority of wo

men who engage in “fat talk” can be ranked “average” and “healthy” when it comes to their weight.

Zhang Ran, 28, a senior consultant in the Beijing office of multinational professio

nal services company Ernst & Young, said she was a “fat talker” when she was a college student.

“I felt comfortable when I discovered I was not the only one who was un

happy about my body shape. But then I began to understand that it has nothing to do

with a woman’s actual weight, but everything to do with how she sees herself,” she said.

She added that sharing her fear of being fat with others could trigger feelings of emotional security and being part of a great

er community. Even after she graduated and started a career, “fat talk”-and its related effects-did not stop.

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Meanwhile, China is willing to jointly promote the mo

nitoring and evaluation of Arctic climate and environmental changes, develop platforms for po

lar scientific research, and promote the sharing of Arctic observation data and international work pr

ojects, Wang said during the Arctic Circle China Forum in Shanghai on Friday.

“We look forward to working with other countries to smooth the economic channel that conn

ects the European and American continents through the Arctic Ocean and jointly create a ‘Polar Silk Roa

d’ to facilitate connectivity and sustainable economic and social development of the Arctic,” he said.

Wang said that Arctic affairs, especially those regarding climate c

hange, environmental protection, scientific research and the use of waterways, are closel

y related to the well-being of people living in the polar region and the survival and development of all humankind.

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It carries historic meaning that the forum is held in Ch

 China this time. The future of China and Asia is closely related to the Arctic and I’m delighted to see China actively participating i

n Arctic-related dialogues and collaborations with a constructive attitude,” said Grimsson, president of the forum.

Around 500 ambassadors, scholars and entrEditor’s note: Many Chines

e moms tend to get angry when helping their kids do homework. So stressed out are some mom

s that one suffered a heart attack and ended up in a hospital last year. Why do Chinese mothers get so tense when it comes

to their kids’ education, and what should be done to ease their nerves? With Mothers’ Day just a day away, two experts share thei

r views on the issue with China Daily’s Yao Yuxin. Excerpts follow:epreneurs from home and abroad as well as representatives of Arctic indi

genous organizations participated in the forum, which runs through Saturday. Topics included “Polar Silk Road”, sci

ence and innovation, transportation and investment, sustainable development, ocean, energy and governance.

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Xing Ziqiang, chief economist with investment bank Mo

organ Stanley China, said this age group will be a main driver of the consumption upgrade in the next decade, with consum

ption in third- and fourth-tier cities expected to reach 45 trillion yuan in 2030, compared with 15 trillion yuan in 2017.

There were estimated to be about 112 million small-town youths in

China last year, according to mobile internet industry consultancy iiMedia Research.

Chen Ke, a senior partner with global consultancy Roland Berger, said that with lower housing prices in third- and fourth-tier c

ities, small-town youths have sizable disposable income and are more willing to spend a larger proportion of th

eir income on daily consumption, compared with people of the same ages living in bigger cities.

“They also have an increasing desire to live a better material and spir

itual life, are becoming more interested in personal products and are more willing to sp

end on entertainment and hobbies, as they have more spare time than their peers in big cities,” he said.

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